We are always happy to provide an initial consultation (completely free!) instore for anyone who is switching to a raw diet, along with all the follow up support you need. We understand the sheer volume of information out there when researching diet options can be overwhelming and are committed to making feeding a fresh, natural diet as simple and fuss free as possible. For some basic initial info, read on!
Most raw feeders follow a diet that mimics the proportions of a prey animal – that is 80% meat, 10% bone and 10% offal, with extras such as fruit, veg and additional supplements added as and where necessary. The easiest way to achieve this is by feeding a ‘complete’ mince which contains everything in the right ratios so you simply defrost and serve. This is the most convenient option and how a lot of raw feeders start out, although complete minces do cost slightly more.
The other option is ‘DIY’, where you create your own meals of raw meaty bones, meaty minces or chunks and offal. This can be a more cost effective method and gives you the most control over exactly what you feed, although it does require some more thought and preparation time.
Making the switch
Changing to a raw diet can seem daunting at first (even if you’ve done your research!) there is a wealth of information out there and, like with any topic online, much of it can seem overwhelming or even conflicting. Here at ROAR we provide a full consultation and unlimited ongoing support for anyone changing over to a fresh, species appropriate diet – simply come in armed with your dog’s age and weight and we’ll happily guide you through every step of the way. Our aim is to make it simple and fuss-free to feed your furbs a species-appropriate diet tailored specifically to their dietary requirements.
How much to feed
The recommended amount for an adult dog (whether working or at rest) in good general condition with no weight or serious health issues is 2-3% of their body weight daily, spilt over one or two meals.
Example – a dog that weighs 25kg:
- 1% of 25kg (25,000/100) = 250g
- 2% = 500g a day (250 x 2)
- 3% = 750g a day (250 x 3)
This should only be used as a guide – all dogs are different. Like people, some gain weight easily, others burn calories quickly. So take into account your dog’s individual tendencies, physical activity levels and age and most of all go by the look of them. If they are losing weight, feed a little more, if they are gaining pounds, feed a little less.
Note: growing puppies are different and, depending on their age, require up to 10% of their body weight daily!
Keep in mind…
There are a few things that you should always remember:
- Any bones must ALWAYS be fed completely raw, NEVER cooked. Cooked bones are more brittle and likely to splinter inside the stomach or bowel. Avoid weight baring bones of larger animals that are more dense and can chip or even break teeth.
- Ratios of meat:bone:offal can be evened out daily or over a longer period of time depending on your preference
- Some raw feeders like to add vegetables to meals, this is entirely personal preference
- If you have a dog with a suspected intolerance or allergy, we recommend beginning with feeding a single protein source (preferably one that the dog has not tried before) for at least 4 weeks and introducing any new proteins one at a time to highlight if one particular one triggers a reaction